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Things to do around town this weekend

 

Michigan Renaissance Festival 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

There are several things to do around town this Labor Day weekend and the Detroit Free Press has once again compiled a nice list of the top 10 events you can’t miss. Check out the list by clicking here. Some of the events on list include ones we shared earlier this week:

And several others: Continue reading

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Shorpy Saturday – Traffic Ahead: 1901

By Jeffrey Buck

Woodward has changed drastically over the years. It’s been widened. It’s had street cars. It once was mainly residential. It’s a special road and continues to evolve today. M-1 RAIL is currently under construction and WA3 is working hard to preserve and showcase this historic avenue.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Traffic Ahead: 1901“:

Traffic Ahead - 1901

Detroit circa 1901. “Woodward and Farnsworth Avenues.” The future Motor City on the cusp of the Motor Century. 8×10 inch glass negative.

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Here is a look at Woodward Avenue at Farnsworth Street in Detroit (Midtown, Cultural District) today via Google Street View:

Traffic Ahead - 2014

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Things to do around town this weekend

Bird Bash 2014

By Jeffrey Buck

There are several things to do around town this weekend and the Detroit Free Press has compiled a nice list of the top 10 events you can’t miss. Check out the list by clicking here. Some of my favorites from the list include:

Do you know of any other events going on this weekend? Share them below in the comments section.

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Shorpy Saturday – White Castle: 1910

By Jeffrey Buck

Opening Day is getting closer. See if you can find the baseball scoreboard in the photo!

Take a look at the photograph entitled “White Castle: 1910“:

WHite Castle - 1910

Detroit circa 1910. “Griswold Street south from Michigan Avenue.” And a view of the recently completed Ford Building. 8×10 glass negative.

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Shorpy Saturday – Snow Globe: 1902

By Jeffrey Buck

The cold weather has arrived and Michigan will soon see its first substantial snow fall. As the temperature continues to drop in Detroit there is still plenty of hot new development going on downtown. Grand Circus Park, seen below in 1902, is witnessing a rebirth of its many surrounding buildings as work continues at the Whitney Building.  Once completed it will join the Madison Theatre and Broderick Tower, along with several other buildings, in the growing downtown area.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Snow Globe: 1902“:

Snow Globe - 1902

Detroit circa 1902. “Winter study, Grand Circus Park.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

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Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo September 20-21

Michigan Humane Society

Michigan Humane Society

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoological Society and Michigan Humane Society, in collaboration with more than 30 local animal welfare organizations, will host the fall 2013 Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo tomorrow Friday, Sept. 20, 1 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for immediate adoption to loving homes at one of the nation’s largest off-site companion animal adoption events.

Presented by Purina One, Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo will be held outdoors under tents in the Detroit Zoo’s front parking lot beneath the landmark water tower. There is no charge for admission or parking for adoption event guests; regular admission and parking fees apply for those visiting the Zoo.

Because puppies are often in high demand, “puppy passes” will be given Saturday morning to the first 25 adoption-event guests who are looking specifically to adopt a puppy. Those with puppy passes will be allowed to enter the adoption tents at 9:45 a.m., with the remaining guests allowed to enter at 10 a.m.

Adoption fees and policies are set by each participating animal welfare group. Adopters must present a valid driver’s license or state ID card. All animals will have received a medical checkup and age-appropriate vaccinations. A “get-acquainted” area will be available to provide guests an opportunity to spend time with an animal before adopting. For health and safety reasons, all current companion animals should be left at home.

Last year, the fall Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event found homes for 500 animals. Since the event’s inception in 1993, more than 18,000 dogs, cats and rabbits have been placed into new homes at the spring and fall events.

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is also supported by PetSmart Charities, Tim Hortons and Noodles & Company.

The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696, in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61, $12 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $9 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free). The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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Detroit Zoo Extends Hours for Labor Day Weekend

The Detroit Zoo | Woodward Spine 2013

The Detroit Zoo | Woodward Spine 2013

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoo is giving kids and parents more time to go “wild” before the school bell rings by extending Labor Day Weekend hours from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1. On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, the Zoo will close at 5 p.m.

“There are always new and exciting things to see and do at the Detroit Zoo, and we want to give the community extra time to enjoy them over the Labor Day weekend,” said Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director Ron Kagan.

The Zoo’s paid attractions will remain open late this weekend as well, including the Tauber Family Railroad and the Carousel. Visitors can also experience the Wild Adventure Zone – featuring “Happy Feet: Mumble’s Wild Ride” at the Simulator Ride and “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” alternating with “Great Escapes: Life in 4-D” at the 4-D Theater.

With the ZooMORE discounted ticket package for rides and attractions, visitors can experience the 4-D Theater, Simulator Ride, Tauber Family Railroad and Carousel – or any combination – for $12 per person in addition to Zoo admission.

Extra hours also means extra time to check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Ford Education Center, featuring 100 spectacular images from the world’s largest and most prestigious wildlife photography competition. The exhibition runs through Sept. 8 and is free with Zoo admission.

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